Red Mulberry Morus rubra Linnaeus  

Status:

Our only native mulberry. "Florida to Texas, north to southwestern Vermont, New York, southern Ontario, Minnesota and South Dakota" (Reed, 1964). Grows in rich woods and sometimes in fields. A relatively rare tree with a scattered distribution; no place is recorded as having heavy stands, and it is rare on the southern Eastern Shore (Brown and Brown, 1972). Much prized by wildlife, which eagerly eat the fruits (Harlow, 1957).

Description:

Upper leaf surface somewhat rough, in contrast to the smoother, shinier upper surface of the leaf of White Mulberry. The leaves of Red Mulberry tend to be less lobed than those of White Mulberry.

There are 68 records in the project database.

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The leaves Red Mulberry in Cecil Co., Maryland (6/3/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

The leaves of Red Mulberry in Charles Co., Maryland (9/17/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Red Mulberry in Howard Co., Maryland (5/20/2017). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

Red Mulberry in Harford Co., Maryland (7/1/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Red Mulberry (trunk) in Harford Co., Maryland (7/1/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Red Mulberry in Charles Co., Maryland (9/17/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Red Mulberry in Washington Co., Maryland (9/14/2013). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)


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